Choosing countertops for your remodeling project can be overwhelming. There are many different materials you can have installed with different looks, but it’s important to keep functionality top of mind when picking out your countertops. The most common materials we like to use are Quartz, Granite, and Marble. Each has its pros and cons so let’s break them down to see what would work best for you.
Quartz combines the best qualities of many of the stone materials and saw a rise in popularity in the early 2000s. This material is durable and low maintenance but has that natural stone look and comes in many colors. The durability of this material is so strong, that unlike many other countertop materials, quartz manufacturers offer warranties on their product, some even coming with a lifetime warranty guarantee. Since quartz is a nonporous surface, it’s more sanitary and stain resistant from every day use. This also helps in upkeep; quartz is very low-maintenance and doesn’t need constant resealing like many of the other countertop materials. While there aren’t many cons to using quartz it should be noted that it isn’t safe from excessive heat like granite. Avoiding direct heat is recommended or using hot pads is a must. Quartz is a beautiful look and with the low maintenance upkeep, makes a great option for any lifestyle.
Granite countertops are aesthetically pleasing and are a very hard material that is not easy to damage. Heat resistant and stain resistant when sealed properly, granite is considered a higher quality material for countertops. While beautiful to look at, upkeep is very important with granite countertops. If not sealed correctly, the counters can easily absorb liquids creating a stain that may not be removeable or can even house bacteria in the cracks. Sealed correctly, this will not be an issue, but some granite does need to be sealed yearly to avoid opening pores. Granite is a great option for most lifestyles and it’s durable, beautiful, and easy to maintain if sealed properly from the beginning.
Marble is timeless and elegant. The vibrant and polished look cannot be found with other types of countertop materials and it works with many design styles. If you’re a baker, marble countertops are a dream as they stay naturally cool, but if you’ve got an on-the-go lifestyle or like your wines and fruits, marble countertops may not be the right fit for you. Marble is very porous, any spilled liquids are easily absorbed and can lead to permanent staining. Like granite, there is sealing available to help prevent staining and housing of bacteria, however this needs to be done properly and often. Another downside to marble is how easy it is to break, scratch, or chip. Sharp objects easily scratch marble and heavy objects, if dropped, can lead to chipping or even breaking of the stone. Marble is an elegant look, however you have to be prepared for constant upkeep and being ok with seeing scratches on your countertops if you go the marble route.
There are many options to weigh when choosing your countertop materials, whether it’s ease of upkeep or if you’re looking solely for the look, it’s important to take these pros and cons into consideration for your project. Contact Custom Design & Construction to speak directly with a designer and discuss which options are the best for your home and lifestyle.